Great success by two talented Liverpool athletes and karate champions at The Gateshead Karate Youth Championship.
Bradley Williams – Under 18 Karate Champion – 1 st place kumite and 2nd in kata events.On the 15th July 2017 Bradley won the Gateshead Karate Youth Championship in kumite and came 2nd in kata.
Bradley is also the current Nationals Karate Championship 16-17 kumite Champion winning this at the NIA Birmingham on 6th May 2017. Prior to recent success, Bradley has won several other regional championships and reached many national finals and is a current member of the England National Squad. He represented England in World Shotokan Karate Championships held in Liverpool 2013 as the youngest competitor. Bradley was also awarded the best competitor on the day award at the national karate championships at the NIA on the 6th May 2017.
Zak Humphreys [aged 7] – Won 1st place in novice to 4th Kyu under 16 Kata; 1st place ippon kumite and Best Performance award trophy at the same recent tournament in Gateshead. Zak has won a total 5 champion titles within the last 9 months with 1 runner up and 2 x 3rd placings.
Celebrating the incredible achievements and talent of two champion Shotokan karate youth champions from the Woolton/Garston Shotokan Karate Club in Liverpool.
Bradley William’s is the current UK under 18 karate champion. Trained by local Sensei Geoff Cole at the prestigious ‘Woolton/Garston Shotokan Karate Club’ which now has Dojo’s also in Wavertree and Allerton, Liverpool. Bradley and his club are celebrating their recent triumph at winning 1 st place kumite and 2nd place kata at the Gateshead Youth Championship.
“This is another good achievement and step for Bradley. I am very proud to train Bradley and celebrate his recent position as the National Championship 16-17 Shotokan karate champion and recent victory at the Gateshead Youth Championships. We are looking forward to helping him achieve further ambitions in the future not ruling out any scope and potential of one day possibly in the Olympic Games.
“Zak has shown an early natural flare and liking to karate and is a future protégé with a potentially very bright future in karate ahead of him.
“Both students work very hard, hence their achievements and I am a firm advocate of you get out what you put in who both also appreciate advice from other club instructors, Leon Cole, Carey Oakes and Ian Ford.” Geoff Cole – Sensei
Zak Humphreys, who also trains with Woolton/Garston Shotokan Karate Club has an impressive number of awards for a seven year old! Winning 1st place in novice to 4th Kyu under 16 Kata; 1st place ippon kumite and Best Performance award trophy at the Gateshead Youth Championship. Zak is also the current National Youth Champion under 16 novice to 4th kyu in kata which he won on 1st July 2017.
“We’re delighted to have such an extraordinary talent as Zak within our Dojo. He’s a great kid and a
thlete, who deserves his recent 1st place and Best Performance awards at the Youth Championship. Zak has the talent and discipline to go far in the art and we hope that other children will be inspired to join our award winning club and follow in his footsteps, come and enjoy the comradeship of the club and develop martial art skills and fitness.” Ian Ford – WGSKC secretary
The ‘Woolton/Garston Shotokan Karate Club’ have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page to help fundraise £2K to buy much needed specialist new karate mats for the clubs three Dojo’s in Woolton, Allerton and Garston. The mats will be a great aid in helping Bradley and Zak and potential others to train and to further develop in competitions which are often undertaken on such surfaces.
This may meet and aid in all student ambitions for the future of a potential Olympic try-out and hopeful inclusion. The club are hoping that Liverpool will support them in helping train Bradley, Zak and fellow karate potential champions by helping them obtain the equipment they desperately need updating, which will also revamp the Dojo classes and aid future success.
All donations are welcome and much appreciated. They are hoping to raise £2k by the end of September 2017.